1+ months

R&D Computer Scientist - Proliferation Detection Data Science Lead (Distinguished)

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced R&D Computer Scientist to help lead our multidisciplinary team. This position will focus on leadership of algorithm research and development of advanced computational methods, models, and software to support national security missions in a variety of high-impact areas within Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D. Technical focus areas will include the following:

+ machine learning and deep learning

+ data science and analytics

+ modeling and simulation

+ computational science and mathematics

+ algorithm design and development

+ scientific and data visualization

This position necessitates various interactions across the laboratory, including collaboration with partner organizations and partner projects. In this role, there is significant opportunity for leadership development. The selected applicant will be given the opportunity to engage in leadership development activities both independently and as part of the larger team.

On any given day, your duties may include the following, depending on the specific role:

+ Serve on Multi-laboratory Project Management Teams to lead and direct large, multi-laboratory R&D efforts

+ Be the Principal Investigator with the sponsor or customer and act as an acknowledged data analytics and proliferation detection domain expert

+ Provide strategic direction on data analytics efforts across Sandia and in the broader nuclear nonproliferation community

+ Demonstrate deep technical knowledge and use advanced concepts spanning multiple specialized computer science and data analytics fields to conduct innovative engineering studies and scientific research

+ Develop new research proposals by responding to the NA-22 annual call for proposals and other Funding Opportunity Announcements

+ Shape the technical R&D competencies of the department including machine learning, data analysis/analyst, image science, and data exploitation.

+ Serve on committees of technical societies and workshops, as appropriate

+ Develop (mentoring and coaching) the next generation of talent

This position will require infrequent business travel (~1 trip/4-6 weeks)

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering Field or Physical Science or other relevant degree plus 15 or more years of related experience

+ Experience with data analytics research and development in national security applications

+ Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE Q security clearance with the ability to obtain an SCI, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Master’s or Doctorate degree in the above stated fields

+ Proven experience in:

+ Proliferation Detection

+ Leading large and interdisciplinary research and development efforts

+ Developing and being awarded proposals for new research projects

+ Knowledge of:

+ Machine Learning/Deep Learning

+ Data Science, Statistical Inference and Data Mining

+ The DNN R&D (NA-22) partner and the broader US government nuclear non-proliferation community

+ Software design, engineering and development practices and tools

+ Active DOE Q or SCI security clearance

About Our Team:

The Monitoring Systems & Technology Center (6700) has researched and developed new monitoring systems and technologies for over half a century. Building on that legacy, today we support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the national security communities.

The Proliferation Detection Program (6750) focuses on developing capabilities to: detect foreign nuclear weapons programs; advance the technical base in support of nuclear arms control treaties verification and monitoring needs; and support a broad set of national nuclear security technical needs. Our goal is to advance R&D efforts as the technical base for national and homeland security agencies to meet their nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism responsibilities.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

+ Extraordinary co-workers

+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

+ Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

+ Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 683173



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-20 Expires: 2022-07-20

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